Melville Estate Santa Rita Hills Pinot Noir 2011

$29.99

Bright red. Assertive aromas of raspberry, cherry and candied rose, with suave Asian spice and mineral accents building with air. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering sappy red fruit preserve flavors and a hint of star anise. Shows impressive energy and clarity on the long finish, featuring a zesty blood orange nuance. Stephen Tanzer's IWC

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Ratings on Delectable

Kurt Ammann Delectable Pro

Fantastic

Fantastic

10

Cristóbal Arellano Borges Delectable Pro

Reflective of the cool 2011 vintage. Nice wine. Great balance. Love the stemmy notes

Reflective of the cool 2011 vintage. Nice wine. Great balance. Love the stemmy notes

9.0

Dimitri Fedotov, C.S. Delectable Pro

Sommelier Osteria 177

Day 3 wine course with Kathy Morgan, M.S., tasting -- love it's class, being balanced and nicely serious.

Day 3 wine course with Kathy Morgan, M.S., tasting -- love it's class, being balanced and nicely serious.

8.7

Charine Tan

Can't decide if I like this or Hitching Post better, but at one-third of the price of a Sea Smoke Ten, this is a champion. Made a mistake by not decanting it. Will be certainly better after 30 to 60 minutes in the decanter. Nose is green (40% whole clusters in fermentation), candied red fruit, rose, and slight fennel. Palate follows the aroma. Nice texture for a light-medium bodied wine. My only gripe is the overly candied fruit flavor.

Can't decide if I like this or Hitching Post better, but at one-third of the price of a Sea Smoke Ten, this is a champion. Made a mistake by not decanting it. Will be certainly better after 30 to 60 minutes in the decanter. Nose is green (40% whole clusters in fermentation), candied red fruit, rose, and slight fennel. Palate follows the aroma. Nice texture for a light-medium bodied wine. My only gripe is the overly candied fruit flavor.

8.2

AJ Warne

Very enjoyable, light and bright flavor.

Very enjoyable, light and bright flavor.

9.3

Paul Stagg

Floral, a little funky, with red fruit. Very nice!

Floral, a little funky, with red fruit. Very nice!

9.0

Jameson Wachtell

Very atypical pino. Thin and tart, like unripened berries.

Very atypical pino. Thin and tart, like unripened berries.

8.5

Doug Brown

Non offensive. Thin. Can't recommend.

Non offensive. Thin. Can't recommend.

7.1

Brandon Maseda

2011

2011

9.0

Scott Stewart

Delicious and expressive!

Delicious and expressive!

9.0

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